Button History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The French surname Button comes from the Old French word "boton," which means "button." It was originally an occupational name for a button maker.

Early Origins of the Button family

The surname Button was first found in Burgundy (French: Bourgogne), an administrative and historical region of east-central France, where this prestigious family has been traced from ancient times.

Early History of the Button family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Button research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1358, 1423, 1467, 1470, 1477, 1544, 1560, 1658, 1660, 1667, 1673, 1674, 1678, 1698, 1704, 1705, 1715, and 1793 are included under the topic Early Button History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Button Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bouton, Boutons, Boutonne, Boutonnes, Boutton, Bouttons, Bouttonne, Bouttonnes, Buton, Butons, Butonne, Butonnes, Button, Buttons, Buttonne, Buttonnes, de Bouton and many more.

Early Notables of the Button family (pre 1700)

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United States Button migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Button Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Button, who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Button, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [1]
  • Robert Button, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • Eliz Button, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Matthias Button, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Button Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Button, who landed in New Jersey in 1703-1716 [1]
  • Margarett Button, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [1]
  • Ralph Button, who arrived in Virginia in 1723 [1]
  • George Button, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 [1]
  • Samuel Button, who landed in America in 1765 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Button Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Button, who landed in New York in 1844 [1]
  • John, Joseph, Joshua, and William Button, all, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1837 and 1848
  • J P Button, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • I B Button, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • William Button was a fisherman of Seal Cove in 1852
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Canada Button migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Button Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Button, who settled in Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1746 [2]
Button Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Stephen Button, who settled in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1801 [2]
  • Richard Button, who settled in Round Harbour in 1852

Australia Button migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Button Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Zachariah Button, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Robert Button, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Charles William Button, (b. 1811), aged 26, Cornish farm servant, from Lantegloss, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Button, (b. 1802), aged 25, Cornish settler, from Lantegloss, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
  • Mr. John Button, (b. 1836), aged 1, Cornish settler, from Lantegloss, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "City of Edinburgh" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st August 1837 [5]
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New Zealand Button migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Button Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Button, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Mrs. Anna Mary Button, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [6]
  • Mr. Robert Button, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Katherine Stewart Forbes" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 9th March 1852 [6]
  • Mr. Edward Button, (b. 1843), aged 16, English labourer from England travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Victory " arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 14th May 1859 [7]
  • Emma Button, aged 16, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Button (post 1700) +

  • Daniel Evan Button (1917-2009), American politician, Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Richard Totten "Dick" Button (b. 1929), American former figure skater
  • Stephen Decatur Button (1813-1897), American architect
  • Peter Thomas Button OBE (1929-1987), New Zealand pioneering rescue helicopter pilot
  • Jen Button (b. 1977), Canadian retired female butterfly and freestyle swimmer
  • Jensen Alexander Lyons Button MBE (b. 1980), British Formula One driver and the 2009 World Drivers' Champion
  • Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), English-born, American politician who was the second of the signatories on the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia


Suggested Readings for the name Button +

  • 4465 "Button Families of America" by Robert Glen Nye.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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